We apply variational principles to reaction-diffusion equations in order to predict, for a general reaction term, the sign of the shift in the front speed due to a cutoff. We develop an improved variational principle to obtain the shift in the front speed for a wide range of reaction terms, and the theoretical results so obtained are in excellent agreement with numerical solutions. This work proves that variational principles are an optimal framework to deal with fronts propagating into unstable and metastable states under cutoff. © 2005 The American Physical Society.
|Journal||Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Nov 2005|